Dodge Sprinter

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Partner1, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. Partner1

    Partner1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I'm setting up a turf application vehicle and am considering a used Dodge Sprinter with the 5 cyl diesel option. I like the cargo space and the advertised fuel economy. The reviews on seem to be split evenly between those that love them and those that recommend against them for business use because of the lack of reliabilty (lots of shop time). Does anyone have experience with these vehicles and their dependabilty?


    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Personally I wouldn't use a van, I wouldn't like having all the chemicals inside with me. For applications I would just get a standard 3/4 ton long bed truck, or a 1 ton flat bed. But thats just me.
  3. modedicebox

    modedicebox LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    Go with a cut away Sprinter with a flatbed. A local company around here has this setup and it looks sharp.
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    A lot of spray company's use the sprinter/freight liner here. They are using the extra long one. The one's I see look to have at least a 500-600 gallon tank in it. Maxey and trugreen use them. They are using the poly tank in a wiremesh cage with some kind of pump system on it. I have seen the tanks they are using for like 100-200 bucks. My father uses the same tank's to recover used engine fluids at his shop.
  5. Partner1

    Partner1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Thanks for the feedback. It's valuable. What I'm also interested in is whether anyone has experience with the mechanical reliability of the drive train of the Sprinter 2500 &/or 3500. Any issues with engine (Diesel 5 cyl) or transmission that you wouldn't expect in any vehicle used in this application.
  6. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    Guy that works for me used to deliver for a local electrical supply company and they had a sprinter van. Said the truck was excellent. Kind of an underdog in a way, hasnt really caught on yet. Said it had great power, nice features and got really great gas mileage. Comfort was something he made note of too.
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Mercedes diesels and transmission are the best in the mid size diesel engine market.
  8. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    AMR ambulance has been getting more and more of these sprinter vans. Typically they would get the ford E-350 diesels or modular ambulances, but it looks like they are switching their van style ambulances to the spinter vans. The one complaint that I have heard from some of the paramedics that have driven these ambulances is that they are so much taller and a little narrower than the ford vans. So they were saying that turns can be a little "scary" if you aren't used to the height and narrowness of the van. So you will have to take into consideration that fact.
  9. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    The interior in the sprinters are much more comfortable and the finish is greater than any type of vehicle like that. I would not mind spending my work week in one of those!
  10. Jelinek61

    Jelinek61 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    I to have seen that AMR is using the sprinters. My dads company, is in the fire protection business in muskegon and they just bought a 3500 and a 2500 sprinter this past year for fire sprinkler installs and they seem to love 'em. They also have a bunch of ford 350's with strongbox enclosed boxes on them and they say the sprinters get better gas mileage but not by much. On the other hand i drove the 2500 and the interior is pretty nice and its a smooth ride for sure.

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